29 February 2012

LOTRO's Mithril Edition

Last Monday, the anticipated Mithril Edition of Turbine’s popular MMORPG, The Lord of the Rings Online, was released exclusively in GameStop stores.

This was part of a big push to satisfy box collectors – who lost out when the previous expansions, Siege of Mirkwood and Rise of Isengard, were released as digital downloads – and to keep the game on the shelves of retailers. The game had previously vanished from most stores after LOTRO became free-to-play; Mithril Edition is the first retail edition of LOTRO in over three years.

So what exactly does this version cover, and is it worth purchasing?

When you purchase the Mithril Edition, you will receive not only a free ‘Steed of the Horse-Lords’ mount, 2000 Turbine Points, and the Path of the Fellowship quest pack (which covers the regions of the Trollshaws, Eregion, the Mines of Moria, and Lothlórien), but the game also comes with a starter guide and keyboard map for new players.

The game itself – valued at $50 – is selling for just $29.99. If you’re new to LOTRO, this is definitely the way to go. This edition does not cover any subscription fees, so you would be starting out in free-play, but with a bit of a leg up on other gamers. (And of course, you can always decide to subscribe later.)

For current gamers (especially subscribers), unless you’re in the habit of collecting mounts and game boxes, then this option may not be for you. However, keep in mind that 2000 Turbine Points will set you back $25 in the LOTRO store; so for an extra $4.99, you’d also have a new mount, disc copies of the game, and a quest pack for those who are not subscribers or who are considering dropping down to free-play.

If you've purchased the Mithril Edition, I'd like to know your thoughts. Please feel free to leave a comment below!


  1. I'm a frugal free to play LOTRO member. I have two questions.
    1. Gamestop is offering a LOTRO Mithril download for (USD) $14.95. Am I correct in assuming this purchases all the content of the game box, excepting the physical items?
    2. Is the mount given only once to a particular player character, or is it available for all player characters,across all servers?

  2. The digital download is the same as the boxed copy, although the only contents stated are the mount, 2000 Turbine points, and the quest packs (leaving me to believe the starter guide and keyboard map may have been left out).

    As for the mount, it is available account-wide, which means any characters on the server can use it, and presumably that goes for each server you play on under that account.

    In all, it's a pretty good deal, especially if you're free to play. I went back to that for awhile, but eventually ran out of quests to do, and was unwilling to spend Turbine Points on quest packs. $14.95 is a great price to get yourself started; if you find you're not that interested, you don't have to go on and become a VIP subscriber. But at the very least, it'll open up some new zones for you to play while you decide :)

  3. I bought the download. Before downloading I disabled screensaver and automatic virus scan.
    One must create a Gamestop account then another account for the download manager. It is an 11.35 gig download (although Gamestop said it would be 13 gig). The game must then be installed on one's computer. At last, when one logs onto LOTRO, one faces a massive update, so be prepared for a lengthy process.
    One thing not made clear is that one must go to 'account' and put in the product code supplied by Gamestop (don't worry, they helpfully supplied it in a confirmation e-mail)before the game recognizes the altered status of one's account. One is then given an option to continus (I.E. keep your existing characters) or start over.
    AS advertised, I got 2,000 turbine points, a mount, Trollshaws, Eregion, Moria, and Lothlorien. I also got an extra character slot, and (supposedly) faster log-ins.
    What this was not (although hinted at in the forums) was an expansion pack, so niether VIP for a month (with it's accompanying 500 turbine points), riding skill (nor opportunity to quest for the skill), swift travel, nor skirmish increases were included.
    As I posted earlier I am very frugal so all in all consider this a good purchase.

    1. I'm glad to hear that you are happy with your purchase! But you're saying that the only way to get the riding skill is to use Turbine Points to buy it in the LOTRO Store? That seems odd, but I suppose given all the other benefits, one really can't complain. I also wonder if the log-ins really are faster... It seems they've gotten unbearably long lately.

    2. On reflection, i find the need to buy the riding skill consistant with what I actually bought. this was a quest pack bundle, with a couple of sweeteners (the mount and the turbine points).
      a couple of additional benefits i derived from the download were; all the travel options (other than quick travel) are now open and many more skirmishes became available to me.